The Mountain Area Land Trust announces a job opening for a Land and Water Conservation Director. Posted January 15, 2017.
Position is part-time, 20 hours per week.
- 4-year related degree in Natural Resources or related field.
- 3-5+ years of Natural Resource Management or land and water conservation experience.
- Knowledge and experience negotiating, writing and closing conservation easements or purchasing properties.
- Familiarity of local communities within Clear Creek, Park, Teller, Gilpin Counties, and the mountainous areas of Jefferson and Boulder Counties.
- Excellent communication and writing skills.
- Computer, GPS and photography skills necessary. GIS skills desirable.
- Able to safely travel across rough mountainous terrain by foot and/or four-wheel drive vehicles.
Work Schedule and Location
- Work 20 hours per week.
- Work schedule flexible to accommodate projects.
- Work primarily at MALT office.
- Work in field as required.
- Assists expanding conservation initiatives through new program development and strategic partnerships.
- Ensures that the Land and Water Conservation Plan, which identifies and prioritizes areas where land and water conservation efforts should be focused is updated and maintained.
Land and Water Conservation:
- Actively pursues and directs new opportunities in priority areas as defined in the Land and Water Conservation Plan.
- Assigns, with Executive Director’s input, Conservation Easement projects and oversees all aspects of land and water conservation program. Typical work will include but, is not limited to:
- Conducts preliminary site visits with Executive Director on viable properties with prospective landowners.
- Explains the process and benefits and answers detailed landowner questions.
- Makes a preliminary recommendation as to the viability of the project.
- Obtains sufficient photographs and information to prepare a Project Evaluation Packet for the project selection process.
- Prepares and presents the Project Evaluation Packet to the Land and Water Committee.
- Prepares Initial, Interim and Final Decision documents.
- Prepares Site Plans.
- Facilitates and negotiates the development of a Conservation Easement from start to finish consistent with established Protocols.
- Coordinates the development/delivery of Baselines, Appraisals, Title Commitments and Title Policies, Tax Forms and other critical documents.
- Keeps Executive Director, Staff and Board up-to-date on status of land and water conservation activities.
- Obtains legal review and approval of the Conservation Easement prior to closing.
- Facilitates the signing and recording of Conservation Easement and other appropriate/required documents.
- Prepares a monitoring plan unique to the Conservation Easement per the Conservation Easement Monitoring Protocol.
- Ensures that all land and water conservation activities are in compliance with established policies and protocols and Land Trust Alliance
- Assists in the maintenance of Conservation Easement files.
Conservation Easement Monitoring:
- Directs and supervises all aspects of Conservation Easement monitoring.
Supervises and trains the Seasonal Land Steward.
- Works directly with the Executive Director and landowners to resolve any violations.
Outreach and Education: Attends Board of Directors meetings and events, representing fundraising.
- Supervises and trains Seasonal Interns.
- Participates in the organization’s outreach and education with landowners, with emphasis placed on the priority properties.
- Works in cooperation with the staff and Executive Director to examine priorities, partnerships and programs.
- Pursues opportunities to educate the general public about the organization’s land and water conservation programs.
- Develops strong working relationships with the conservation community. Participates in Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts (CCLT) conferences as the budget allows.
- Develops strong working relationships within Jefferson, Park, Clear Creek, Boulder, Gilpin and Teller Counties.
- Pursues opportunities to partner with the Counties to implement high profile conservation projects.
- Coordinates the development and maintenance of Land Team documents, forms, letters and protocols.
- Oversees and maintains Land aspects of Salesforce database.
- Prepares Vicinity Maps and Site Plans for Conservation Easement projects.
- Prepares Photo Point Maps for monitoring reports.
- Prepares the above and other maps as required using basic desktop publishing software.
- Assists with maintaining and GPS files.
- Performs other duties as requested by the Executive Director.
Education, Technology Skills and Physical Abilities
- Biological or Natural Science degree necessary.
- Knowledge of GPS and Google Earth.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite necessary.
- Knowledge of Adobe products, including Acrobat and Photoshop, desirable.
- Knowledge and/or experience with digital photography necessary.
- Able to travel across rough mountainous terrain by foot and/or by operating 4-wheel drive or AWD vehicles.
Position open until filled.
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